Chasing The Cyclone

Chasing The Cyclone

by Peter Thomas Senese

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Paul Francesco is an independent, successful single man in his late thirties who has everything in the world going for him: financial stability with the real possibility of obtaining significant wealth, a dedicated and loyal group of family and friends, and a challenging, exciting, and rewarding career. Except Paul has one problem: he lives with a deep, dark secret that torments him: he is a ghost living in purgatory despite his relative success.

Unknown to Paul, there is an evil plan to extort his hard-earned assets from him and in the process deny him the one thing that is more important to him than anything else in the world: to be an active part of his son Alex’s life. Unfortunately, his innocent and trusting seven-year-old son is at the center of this vicious and diabolical plot directed at him.

When things go from bad to worse to unbelievably insane – when judges choose not to uphold the laws of their nation, when law enforcement turns a blind eye, and when one government after another’s hands are tied due to bureaucratic issues of jurisdiction or non-participation of the international treaty on child abduction, the only thing that could prevent Alex from becoming another sad and sorry statistic on a report that nobody wants to read or think about is his father’s vow to never abandon him no matter what. As a result, Paul is forced to become a hunter, chasing the predators who have taken his son to the other side of the world. With the situation becoming more and more desperate, he is forced to find other resources to help him. As the hunt moves across international borders, he gathers together an extraordinary group of individuals, each with their own powerful stories, to help him. The story moves from The United States and Canada, to the island nations of Oceania, and culminates in the horrifying black-markets of Asia.

Chasing The Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese is a first-hand account of the growing epidemic of international parental child abduction, and the extreme difficulties all parents whose child has been abducted must face in order to protect the welfare of their victimized child or children. This story makes clear what needs to be done in The United States and throughout the world in order to protect children from being abducted and taken across international borders.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014280952
Publisher: Pacifica Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 420
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peter Thomas Senese is a best-selling author writing primarily in geopolitical historical fiction. Other written works by Peter include CLONING CHRIST, THE DEN OF THE ASSASSIN, PREDATORS GAMES (Fall 2012), and QUEST (Spring 2013). Peter Thomas Senese is a vocal child advocate and has actively been engaged in a host of legislative initiatives that will aid children at risk of international kidnapping. He has co-authored the landmark resource guide on international parental child abduction titled THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, created and produced the highly educational documentary film on child abduction titled CHASING PARENTS: Racing Into The Storms Of International Parental Child Abduction, and has co-authored several landmark research reports on this subject. Peter Thomas Senese's activity on behalf of children also include his support and activism in the creation of the states of California and New York's new laws against online malicious impersonation. Peter is an active supporter of literacy programs and public libraries, and a self-professed Librophiliac. He is presently working on new legislation that will protect children from international abduction and human trafficking. He shares his time between New York City and Los Angeles, and is actively involved in numerous storytelling projects.

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Chasing the Cyclone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful! Nail-Biting! Engaging! These are just the outer layers of Peter Thomas Senese's emotionally charged account of a parent's worse nightmare: The abduction of their child. In _Chasing The Cyclone_ the main character, Paul Francesco, should be on top of the world: He's young, handsome, well-educated and well-liked, he survived a battle with a rare form of cancer, and his company is about to embark on a journey that could make him a millionaire several times over. However, when he learns that his ex-wife (only referred to as "D") was granted full custody of their seven-year old son, Alex, and permission to relocate from Canada to New Zealand at a court hearing he knew nothing about, all that is known and comfortable changes in an instant. _Chasing the Cyclone_ is so much more than just an account of child abduction. It is an intricately woven web outlined in 400-pages that includes lawyers, lies, international laws and politics, betrayal, court appearances, and how one parent can shrewdly use the innocence of a child as a pawn to exact revenge, to spew hate and to extort funds from the financially able parent. As a loving and devoted father, Paul is willing to provide whatever resources are necessary to prove to the courts that he is and always has been an active participant in his son's life, and that he cared deeply for his son's health and well-being. Shockingly enough, however, in _Chasing The Cyclone_ Peter Thomas Senese peels back yet another layer in his intriguing story when, inspite of Paul Francesco's efforts and the financial support that has always provided above and beyond the mandated amount, the courts all but ignore their own laws and uphold "D's" repeated and consistent failure to comply. _Chasing the Cyclone_ is not just another highly charged thriller, it is deeply inspired from the real life story of the author's personal struggle with authorities and international laws when his own son was abducted and hidden from him in a foreign country. Senese's _Chasing the Cyclone_ is powerful because it is borne from experience. It is richly detailed and emotionally wrought with an accuracy that can only be known by those who endured such traumas. Well-written and expertedly executed: A must read! By Veronica L C Stevenson-Moudamane, Librarian
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Joel S. Walter, NYC Esq. Senese Delivers A Thrilling Masterpiece in 'Chasing The Cyclone' As an attorney who has practiced complex law for over 40 years, it is rather difficult for a ‘legal thriller’ to get me excited, much less get under my skin. Is it possible? Yes! Peter Thomas Senese’s brilliantly written, heart-pounding, stupefying, gut-wrenching ‘Chasing The Cyclone’ left me feeling overloaded with a cascade of emotions as if Senese was a master violinist who knew the perfect speed, levity, and tempo on how to fiddle with my heart and soul as he consumed me, bringing me deeper into the horrific world of international child abduction with each turning page, while carefully reminding the reader of the buoyancy that is created by love, and how love allows common men and women to do uncommon things. Chasing The Cyclone is a phenomenal book that captures the readers’ hearts, souls, and spirits in a way that forces you to hold on to this incredible thrilling love story, and makes you want to stop whatever else you’re doing in order to continue your journey with the story’s main character, Paul Francesco. Is Chasing The Cyclone as great of a book as everyone is saying? No – it is even better. There are several things that make Chasing The Cyclone a book of great distinction. First, Peter Thomas Senese, writing in the first-person, demonstrates brilliant precision as his style is clear, crisp, and continues to hit emotional mark after mark that causes your body’s nerves to pulsate page after turning page. In addition, using the form of a novel, Senese takes the reader into the unthinkable world where one parent purposefully abducts a child of a partnership and attempts to disappear abroad with the child, leaving the left behind parent searching for their child with such compelling accuracy as if he is reliving his own experiences. This cruel act of child stealing is called international parental child abduction, and it is a federal crime of kidnapping, and typically involves the breach of several other criminal laws. How bad of an epidemic is this today? Reports indicate that there will be over 200,000 children internationally abducted from North America over the next decade with about 10% of these victimized children ever coming home. Of this number, 125,000 are expected to be American children. This is absurd! And Peter Thomas Senese’s novel that is deeply inspired by his own experience in having a child internationally abducted under the rules of the Hague Convention brings this absurdity to the forefront to the reader, as Chasing The Cyclone is not simply a rallying-cry against child abduction but a call-to-arms for legislators to create abduction prevention laws, and for judges to uphold such laws. With pulsating resonance, Chasing The Cyclone takes the reader on a global journey with Paul Francesco, a father who is desperately trying to protect his son from the wraths of the child’s cunning and scheming mother, who has purposefully abducted the child in a scheme to defraud Francesco. Moving from fast paced court room scenes to explosive confrontations of the other side of the world, readers can easily become one with the protagonist as the love for his abducted son gives him the will-power to overcome the many obstacles that he faces. From New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Zealand, Indonesia, and China, Peter Thomas Senese’ s Chasing The Cyclone is a book that readers will embrace as the actions as portrayed by the story’s main character Paul Francesco are worth emulating. However, make no mistake that Chasing The Cyclone is so much more than a love story: it is a high-octane suspense thriller that delivers one walloping punch after another. Chasing The Cyclone is a rare novel that grips your heart and spirit in a way that you feel suffocated and need to gasp for air if you do not have the book in your hand and continue your journey with the story’s colorful and interesting characters. Peter Thomas Senese demonstrates his tremendous ability as a writer, with Cyclone delivering one powerful set of sequences after another. Beyond Peter Thomas Senese’s Chasing The Cyclone being a timeless literary thriller, this novel has many important layers to it, including it being an educational tool for other parents and lawyers like myself who try to protect children from such fate, as it is a call-to-arms against child abduction. Filled with action that makes you laugh, cry, rejoice, clinch your fist, throw your book in pure frustration, and loath with anger, Chasing The Cyclone is simply put, a masterpiece worthy of the highest praise possible. Make no mistake – this is a thriller that may put your heart into cardiac arrest – it is that great of a story. An absolute MUST READ!
NancyCLepri50 More than 1 year ago
It is a sad and daunting fact that thousands of young children are being abducted every year. The youngster is usually taken from their custodial parent and hidden in parts unknown. This gives the “chasing parent” untold emotional and financial hardship in their quest to find their beloved child. “Chasing the Cyclone: A Father’s Unending Love for his Son” is a heart wrenching tale of what one father endured searching for son, Alex, who was abducted by his mother. Paul Francesco, an entrepreneur, returns from visiting a friend in the hospital to learn that his ex, “D”, pulled another one of her tricks making sure Paul does not get custody of Alex. D, living in Canada, paints Paul as a dead-beat dad, managing to obtain a court order giving her sole custody of their child. Paul, not notified of the hearing, hires lawyers to rescind this directive, even though D has other plans. The decree is overturned, and Paul is granted visitation, including unlimited phone calls, but D flagrantly disobeys the court’s demands. Alex is due to visit his father, when Paul learns that his ex, along with a man she deems as her fiancée, has fled to New Zealand with Alex. Throughout D’s machinations, Paul uses everything in his power to let his child know he is not giving up. Both father and son share an uncanny love and deep bond, and the boy believes and trusts Paul wholeheartedly. All the while, as Alex is a pawn in his mother’s treacherous and evil schemes making sure he never sees his father, but Paul never ceases striving to regain the boy. Though written as fiction, this tale chillingly hits home to the reality of what is actually happening to innocent children, most likely through acts by an embittered parent. Unless the “chasing parent” has unlimited resources, fortitude, and persistence, it is almost impossible to track and recover an abducted child, especially if the child is spirited to another country, and/or a county that is not covered by the Hague Treaty, which protects young children. This unsettling story shows a father’s love and determination to recover his beloved child, while offering hope to other parents who have faced or are going through a similar situation. Mr. Senese includes helpful information on where and how to attain help from different organizations whose sole purpose is recovering missing children. Also added is data about this growing epidemic, offering prevention tips, what to look for, and what to do if your child is abducted. A must-read for every parent or caregiver, “Chasing the Cyclone” presents clear facts regarding this plight many children face and the need for more stringent laws to protect them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another horrible book by con artist Peter Senese.  This book helped launch his most recent scam:  That of stealing from parents of abducted children.  Peter self-published his novels because any real publisher would likely only laugh at the manuscripts.  He is an unemployed, homeless loser who only lives from scam to scam while pretending to be a "hero" or a "child advocate" or a "bestselling author."  He also poses as a retired billionaire and a left-behind parent -- thus the story for this horrible book.  The truth is that his child was never abducted.  When his ex took a legal, court-granted vacation overseas with their son, he saw it as an opportunity for yet another scam.  It worked for a few years, but he has now been arrested for it.  I would advise anyone with a brain or a conscious to not give his books a penny or a minute of time. It's time for this stolen valor con artist to end the theft and drop the fake personas.  He has hurt enough people.
bassgiraffe More than 1 year ago
This novel blew me away. It is intense, and breath-taking. I had a hard time putting this book down because I just simply HAD to know what was going to happen next, and if everything was going to work out. The fact that this story is based on a true story is heart breaking. The only thing I didn’t like about this story is it is in fact a true story, and me being a mom, it was a hard, tear felt read at times. An especially great thing about this story is its knowledge and information to any Chasing Parents. I recommend this novel to everyone and anyone. Especially parents!! Big thanks to Peter for writing this novel!! ——————————————— * Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.
Book_Monster_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Chasing the Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese Chasing the Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese is a heartbreaker tale of what it’s like to have your child abducted by an ex-partner and taken to a foreign country. This is a fast paced story full of passion, love and the never ending attempt to locate his child. Paul Francesco is a hard working man, loyal to family and friends especially to his seven year old son Alex. Although his marriage to “D” is a mistake, his son is the only good thing that came out of the relationship. And he relishes every second he gets to spend with Alex even though “D” does everything in her power to destroy the relationship. One day, she does the unthinkable and disappears with Alex. Thus begins the long and difficult journey of finding Alex and bringing him home. Kudos to Peter Senese for not only telling his story but giving as much detail as he could about the difficulties dealing with government rules and red tape. He describes what happens in court, paperwork that needs to be filed, and the outrageous amounts of money that must be spent to find any bit of information that can help. At the end of the book, Mr. Senese gives countless pages of useful information to parents who might be in the same position as he is, what to look for and what to do in certain situations, the courts to apply to, and the paperwork needed, etc. I sat on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could, praying that Alex would be found and brought home. I felt every pain that the author felt and the passion for his child is overwhelming. In a world where many parents just don’t care about their children, this book is a fantastic testament to the ones who do love their children totally and it warms my heart to read about this particular man and his devotion to bringing his son home. Definitely 5 stars!!
Wistfulskimmie More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Paul. Estranged from his wife, he is in the middle of a bitter custody battle with a woman who makes it abundantly clear she does not want her ex-husband to have anything to do with their son. Before too long it becomes obvious that she is going to flee with their son, and thus Paul begins the battle to find his son and be reunited with him at all costs! This was an amazing and poignant story. Written in a sort of autobiographical manner but changing the names to protect the innocent. We are taken on the heart breaking and often frustrating journey of trying to find an abducted child. The mother is corrupt, her lawyers are corrupt, it even seems like the courts are corrupt. The story was written in a very personal manner so you felt you were there feeling every heartache and setback. I have a criticism though, and it is only a small one. It is the authors tendency to write in large chunks of paragraph, sometimes whole pages of my kindle, it made it difficult to read at times, but did not detract from my overall enjoyment, and relief at the outcome. It was a fantastic story and I totally recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in just 2-days! It reads like a thriller but unfortunately is based on a true story of the harrowing account of a father's nightmare and the consequences on the innocence of his son caught in the middle. This heart-wrenching tale of a father's amazing courage and bravery in the face of great evil will have you awestruck. It follows Paul, Alex's father on an emotional roller coaster and with so many twists and turns you can't help but feel like you are right there with him feeling the intensity as he endures this traumatic plight to recover his abducted child. Paul, is a strong, courageous, and determined father who helped me to see that with determination and strength, the impossible may not be so impossible. Thank you Peter Thomas Senese for doing an impeccable job describing the ordeal Paul and his son Alex endured at the hands of Alex's mother and her co-kidnappers.....Chasing the Cyclone also serves as an important learning tool depicting the lack of governmental assistance and the urgency to change our laws and to educate those who make and implement them. I highly recommend this inspirational book.
bluesky_1775 More than 1 year ago
Book Title: Chasing The Cyclone Author: peter Thomas Senese Publisher: Pacifica Twist Inc. IBSN: 9780975912348 Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore The life of Paul Franceso was going as well as it could be without having his son by his side. Professionally he was starting a new adventure but little did he know personally his adventure was going to take him to places he never thought he would go. Although Paul and his ex-wife have had their share of battles, he was hoping they were finally going to be over. His son Alex was coming to stay with him for visit and Paul was counting down the days with anticipation. He tries to call Alex, but there is no answer. Paul calls several more times, each time leaving messages in hope someone would call him back. There is no call. Where is his son? What has his mother done now? Please be safe Alex...Now the Hell on Earth begins. I read this book not really knowing that it was based on a true story. A story lived through by the author himself. No wonder you are able to feel the heartache and anguish this father goes through to get his son back. Traveling from one country to another at a moments notice put his life on overdrive with only one goal in mind: his son. Thank goodness he had the funds and the help of old and new friends. The aide of these new friends were unmeasurable in the ins and outs of international laws and the security of his son. The love and devotion of this father to his son is highly commendable and very rare. His love never wavered. The sad part is how far another parent will do such unbelievable things to hurt the other parent and use their child as a pawn. International abduction is an ugly, vindictive act that should not be allowed in any country and there should be strong laws to protect against it. No one should have to feel the helplessness that this author felt. An added plus is that this book is also information packed, you will learn a lot that you never know was going on in our world and what laws are in play to save it. I highly recommend this strong, heart full story.
marvynandmary More than 1 year ago
I felt so many emotions reading this story. But first, let me start by telling you a bit about this story. Chasing The Cyclone is a story about a father facing this horrible storm of international child abduction. Within the first few pages, the author found a way to capture your attention and never want to put the book down. When the narrator, Paul, realizes that he has lost custody of his child Alex, because his ex-wife, D, had made up all these lies, you instantly feel for him. The storm he faces ahead is every parent’s worst nightmare. It opens your eyes to this important issue that is not talked about enough. To think that there are countries out there that your child can be abducted to and the government there will do nothing to help you! And since Alex is not a US Citizen(he was born and raised in Canada by his mom), there isn’t much the US government can do to help Paul. The way the writer writes this story, you feel every struggle, every heartbreak Paul is going through. You start to wonder, since the author writes so passionately about this issue, as to whether he or someone he knew went through this. And when you read his acknowledgements, you do realize that he has. One of the emotions I felt while reading this story is anger. Angry that your child can so easily be taken out of the country by the other parent. Angry that the Canadian court system, given the evidence, still let D take Alex out of the country. Angry that D’s lawyers knowingly helped her abduct her child. If that is how Peter’s son got abducted in real life, then I hope those lawyers were not only disbarred, but also charged with the kidnapping as well. Heartbreak. There was a part of the story that Paul got to see Alex without D knowing. Like any parent would react, the first thing he wanted to do was run to him but couldn’t. At that moment, my heart was breaking for him. Imagine seeing your child for the first time in a long time and not being able to run to him and hug him? And when he finally does, I was waiting for him to just take his son and run but he didn’t. I know I would have. There were many occasions like this in the story that Alex had the opportunity to take his son and he didn’t. His reason? He wanted to do it the right way. He didn’t want to traumatize his son any more than he already is. He knew that doing exactly what D had done to him would not be right and that he may lose his son forever. Admiration. I admire Paul’s strength. How he was able to do this without falling apart I do not know. You wouldn’t blame him if he did. I know I would have been a mess if this happened to me. But you know what, you have to fight to keep your sanity, your strength, if you ever want to come out of this storm alive. I admire how when the time came in the end, he didn’t press charges against D. His son’s need is what always came first to him and he knew that his son may need his mom in his life one day. You would think after everything she put him through that he wanted nothing to do with her or wanted his son to have any contact with her. I was dumbfounded when I came to this part of the story. But his reasoning made sense. More power to him for doing the responsible thing to do, for doing what is right for his son. Peter has provided me with so much information on international child abduction. It is an issue that needs to be talked about more. You can’t imagine how much you stand to lose while fighting to get your child back. You stand to lose everything you own, including the chance of you not ever finding your child. To the author I want to say that I am so sorry that you went through this. No one should ever have to go through this. I thank you for opening my eyes to this issue. And to every parent out there, this is a must read. You need to be aware that this is happening more than you could imagine. After I read this book, I held on so tightly to my son. I pray to God I never have to go through this horrible storm.
Jennifer_Cluff More than 1 year ago
What comes to mind when you hear the term cyclone? My mind conjures up a massive storm with torrential rains and hurricane force winds. The damage caused by the storm is devastating to all those within the circle of it’s reach. Chasing the Cyclone, written by best-selling author Peter Thomas Senese, creates the scenario of the main character, Paul Francesco, chasing a cyclone of his own. Though this cyclone is of a different type, the devastation that it causes is far reaching. Every parent’s worse nightmare has happened and Paul has become a chasing parent when his ex-wife abducts their son and heads overseas. As Paul hunts for his son, he heads right into the ‘eye of the storm‘. As top critics suggest, this is definitely a story that every parent should read! Though fictionalized, Chasing the Cyclone is heart-wrenching story based on Mr. Senese’s own personal experiences. It is hard to imagine what a chasing parent must go through during the tireless search for their child, but Mr. Senese does an amazing job sharing the intense range of feelings that must occur during such a traumatic time. In an effort to raise awareness about the growing rate of international parental child abductions, Chasing the Cyclone is not only a gripping story that keeps the reader engaged page after page, but it also educates the reader about illegal abductions. Through his writing, Mr. Senese touches on some of the risks and warning signs of a possible abduction. Learning to recognize some of these signs is an important step in helping to ensure that children are not illegally abducted, perhaps never to be reunited with the parent that has been left behind. As I read Chasing the Cyclone, I felt like a child riding a roller coaster! The emotional rush that I experienced with each twist and turn kept me coming back for more! I had to see what was going to happen to Paul, his son and his amazing group of friends he had supporting him. Once you start reading, I expect that you will too… Remember… education IS prevention! Chasing the Cyclone is definitely getting 5 stars!
Snowfly7 More than 1 year ago
It has long been my belief that the best thrillers are those based, however loosely, on real life experiences. The thrill is amplified with the effort of wrapping your head around the situation being presented to you, knowing that however unfathomable the situation is, it is still plausible. Chasing the Cyclone by best selling author, Peter Thomas Senese, does you one better. Chasing the Cyclone is not only based on a real life situation, but is, to quote the author, “deeply rooted” in an actual, horrifying experience by the author and his son. Mark my words, you will never hug your babies so tight or so often as you will once you open the cover of this book. When Paul Francesco’s ex wife abducts their young son and takes him across international borders, Paul is suddenly thrown into a game of cat and mouse, the likes of which, no one could be prepared to face. With an extraordinary team of friends on his side, Paul runs the gauntlet of malicious actions thrown down by the child’s mother, ineptitude and corruption in the legal system and distressing levels of bureaucracy; uncooperative governments and governments with their hands tied due to international sovereign nation policies which prohibit interference in the policies of other sovereign nations regardless of what may be morally and ethically right; all the while fighting to keep his son in his sights. Forced to track his son around the globe, Paul has become a Chasing Parent. A frightening, disheartening title that no parent should have. Chasing the Cyclone, is truly riveting. The emotions elicited by this tale are almost indescribable. In one moment my heart ached for Paul and his son, and in the next moment I wanted to reach through the story and throttle someone. I did take the advice of the author, however, and managed to refrain from throwing my eReader through a wall, but only just barely. Sadly, International Child Abduction is a very real issue. One that many of us hardly give a second thought to short of giving a passing interest in an AMBER alert and saying a quick prayer for the missing child and then we move on with our lives. But those left behind and the children who have been abducted, don’t have the luxury of moving on. This is a very real horror that may last days, weeks or a lifetime. It rips families apart, and devastates so many people, physically, emotionally and financially. I highly recommend Chasing the Cyclone by Peter Thomas Senese. Now, go hug your babies!!! XOXO!
GodsAgent More than 1 year ago
An exhilarating read that propels you from chapter to chapter, Peter Thomas Senese’s Chasing the Cyclone is not only an enthralling read for every suspense fan, but also serves as an exceptional reference tool for every Chasing Parent trying to reunite with their internationally abducted child. Based on the harsh realities of spiteful parents who use their children as pawns against their ex-spouses, Chasing the Cyclone takes you on a whirlwind journey around the globe. The pace of the book starts quickly and never lets up as Paul Francesco finds himself entangled in a number of legal quandaries as he toils with the Canadian courts in pursuing visitation rights for his son, Alex. As the story unfolds, Paul Francesco discovers calculated legal deceptions by his ex-wife leaving a trail of clues that his son’s future faces certain peril. Desperate to be a father figure in his son’s life, Paul Francesco has to take matters into his own hands, utilizing his own resources after the court abandons their responsibilities. However, as he travels to a foreign land, Francesco strives to survive because of one constant in his life—a promise he made to his son. From the first page of this book, Peter Thomas Senese masterfully designs each scene with tension and suspense, compelling the reader to press forward to learn Alex’s fate. As an award-winning author, I applaud Senese for his skillful ability to keep the reader captivated and glued to the pages. His insightful plot not only reveals the logical legal steps that Chasing Parents need to maneuver through, but also exposes the dark, desperate emotions of hopelessness that Chasing Parents experience while pursuing their child in a foreign land. Without a doubt, Senese writes with complete authenticity. Most striking about Chasing the Cyclone was Senese’s ability to enfold the reader within the dark realities facing internationally abducted children. Very cleverly, Senese draws the reader right into the storyline, thrusting them from scene to scene in the quest to save Alex from being sold to the third-world skin trades. In Chasing the Cyclone, you’ll journey with a father who uses every available resource to track down his only son, witnessing firsthand the climatic ending. Chasing the Cyclone is more than an entertaining read—it is a revealing, informative book peering into lives so rarely seen.